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Signal ST3449 - May 10_Layout 1 5/10/13 1:53 PM Page 1 T Vol. 34 No. 49 R I B U N “Coloring My Furusato” by Emily Tanaka For more about this artist, see page 9. E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL May 10, 2013 Humanitarian Awards Dinner Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson announces plans to run for 70th State Assembly district marks CCEJ’s 50th year of included a total of ‘creating change’ in Long Beach 17 candidates, WilYour Weekly Community Newspaper Sean Belk Staff Writer Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Gene Lentzner, 91, is a founding member and current treasurer of the Long Beach-based California Conference for Equality and Justice. Sean Belk Staff Writer This year marks the 50th anniversary of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), which for decades has collaborated behind the scenes with various groups and government agencies to confront “bias, bigotry and racism” in the Long Beach area. Originally part of the National Conference for Christians and Jews, CCEJ was founded in 1963 and today considers itself “the premier, nonprofit human-relations organization in Southern California,” dedicated to breaking down social, racial and cultural barriers through advocacy, conflict resolution and educational programs. Over the years, CCEJ has spearheaded various human-relations efforts such as helping to create the Long Beach Human Dignity Program, assisting the Long Beach Police Department with gang-prevention and working with local school districts and charter schools to offer youth-leadership training and educational programs, while providing four human-relations “Building Bridges” camps for children. After assuming the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego chapters, CCEJ has now expanded its reach throughout the Southland, and the organization has 42 board members and more than 250 volunteers who range from high-school students to senior citizens. “The reason it was called a conference originally was that it really indicated that for the first time there was a dialogue between people who didn’t talk to each other, and the basis was religion,” said Gene Lentzner, founding member and treasurer of CCEJ who turned 91 last month. “Now it’s a conference between different races, different ethnicities, different ways of living your life and so forth.” Continuing a longstanding tradition, CCEJ is hosting its 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 15 at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach. This year’s honorees include: Cal State Long Beach President F. 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The purchase contract into which both parties entered last year required that The Trust for Public Land, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, assist in finding a public or private entity, or a partnership of both, to finance the acquisition and then have the property turned over to a public steward in a “joint use” settlement. Albert Guerra, vice president of marketing for LBAC, however, said the nonprofit’s ability to come up with the required financing has stalled, and Weekly Weather Forecast Friday son received only 1 percent of the vote. Asked why he decided to run this time, Wilson said in a phone interview with the Signal Tribune on Monday that with his daughter Ashley now attending college, he is more comfortable running for state office. “I’ve considered it for a number of years, and, in fact, in the past looked at it, but, realistically, my daughter was really young at the time, and I didn’t really want to give up her childhood while being in SacraFile photo Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson mento,” Wilson said. He added that it’s “The election itself is over a year important to start campaigning early on in statewide elections and that running away, so I work to fulfill the responsifor the Assembly seat won’t affect his bilities I’m elected in,” Wilson said. ability to serve on the City Council. Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson announced last week that he plans to run for California’s 70th State Assembly district next year. Wilson, who narrowly won a fifth four-year term on the City Council just two months ago in the March 5 election, officially made the announcement May 1 on his Facebook page. The statewide direct primary election will be June 3, 2014, and the period in which candidates may file a “declaration of candidacy” doesn’t start until early next year (Feb. 10 to March 7), according to the California Secretary of State website. In 2003, Wilson, a Democrat and certified public accountant (CPA), withdrew from the Democrat primary race against then State Sen. Betty Karnette for the 54th Assembly district seat after not receiving the minimum amount of nominating signatures to file. Republican Assemblymember Steve Kuykendall also ran in the race and ended up winning the election. In 2007, Wilson ran for the 37th Congressional District but was defeated by then Democrat Assemblymember Laura Richardson, who actually won the seat. In the election, which see PARK page 15 Saturday 72° Sunday Monday Photo courtesy LBAC Will J. Reid Scout Park is located at 4747 Daisy Ave. in north Long Beach and spans 10 acres with campground facilities, classrooms and a pool house used by troops of the Boy Scouts of America. May 10 through May 14, 2013 Tuesday 81° 81° 76° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: 69° Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Mostly sunny Lo 60° Lo 62° Lo 63° Lo 62° Lo 59° LAW OFFICES OF ELIZABETH ARNETT VOZZELLA 3553 Atlantic Avenue #187, Long Beach Office: 562-426-9876


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